The Leaves
The leaves created with TWISTart are the same style as a true, natural leaf. When working with TWISTart, we are always trying to create that leaf, petal sensation…. More so than a true re-production.
In any case, there are various methods of forming leaves, and as you gain experience, you will most likely develop some of your own discovering the numerous creative aspects of TWISTart.
An Untwisted Leaf
Various examples of leaves created with different types of untwisted TWISTart.
Untwisted leaves can be opened in the center or more towards the sides, but what's important is the tips must remain perfectly closed. The paperyarn is machine twisted and therefore is very hard to twist back up once untwisted/opened. This is why you must express caution to keep the tips perfectly closed.
Leaves Cut with Scissors
You can cut the end of a leaf with a scissors, or better yet a "Decorative Edge" scissors. In fact, an irregular edge at the end of leaf will help give you more of that leaf sensation.
Some leaf examples cut with traditional scissors. Some leaf examples cut with Decorative Edge scissors.
Particularities of the blade cutting edge.
For best results, use the decorative edge known as a "Deckle" cut, which represents the traditional borders around photos and hand made paper. The commercial name for these scissors is a: Crazy cutter 4 model "Deckle" or "Gaspare".

Cutting TWISTart paper with Decorative Edge Scissors requires a bit of attention and some guidelines to follow:

1. Cut the paper only when it is completely dry.

2. Cut more than one layer together, and never just a single layer. Decorative Edge scissors work best on TWISTart when there's thickness.

Sample of a cut.
Second example of cut.

3. Do not use the tips of the scissors, but just up from where the blades start to meet.

4. Don't think about making a long decisive cut, but short frequent cuts without applying to much pressure.

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